“The Men of Sweden Came Creeping Forth"

“The Men of Sweden Came Creeping Forth"

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Baer, Trish (en.) b. 25th January 1952
Occupation: Adjunct Professor in Medieval Studies; Digital Scholarship Fellow in the Electronic Texts and Culture Lab; MyNDIR editor and MyNDIR-IDG (Insight Development Grant) Team Leader

Gods and Goddesses

The cruel king in the eddaic poemVölundarkviða who imprisoned the smith, Völundr. By King Níðuðr's order, Völundr was hamstrung and forced to force items for the King.
Völundr (non.) Wayland the Smith (en.) The legendary smith who was captured by King Níðuðr's men, hamstrung, isolated on an island and forced to create items for the King.


Edwardian (en.)The Edwardian era began with the reign of King Edward VII, 1901 to 1910 (January 22, 1901 - 28 July, 1914). However, the era's end date is sometimes extended to the beginning of World War 1 (28 July 1914).

Source Materials:

Heroes of the Norselands (en.)The Heroes of the Norselands by Katherine F. Boult was illustrated by T. H. Robinson. The first edition was published in 1901.
Völundarkviða (non.) The Lay of Völund (en.) A mythic poem in The Poetic Edda that tells the story of the smith, Völundr, who was sleeping when he was captured by King Niðhad's men. The king hamstrung Völundr and forced him to work in the king's forge. Völundr got his revenge by killing the king's sons and forging goblets and jewelry from their bodies. Before he escapes, Völundr tells Völundr the king what he had done and also that he had impregnated the king's daughter. Völundr escapes using wings that he has forged.

Source Persons

Boult, Katherine (en.) b. 1855
d. 1927
Nationality: English
Occupation: author, translator, musician
Katherine Boult, née Katherine Florance Barman, was the wife of the oil merchant and justice of the peace, Cedric Randal Boult, and the mother of the conductor, Sir Adrian Cedric Boult. Katherine’s poor health prevented her from following a promising career as a pianist.
Robinson, Thomas Heath (no.) b. 1869
d. 1954
Nationality: English
Occupation: illustrator
Residence: London
The son of the engraver Thomas Robinson (1838–1902), and the older brother of Charles and W. Heath, who were also illustrators